Roscrea Town travelled to Cloughjordan tonight and came away with a huge 4-3 victory to go top of what is quickly becoming an exciting NT&DL Premier Division.
In wet blustery weather it was Town that got the opener as Craig Phelan was put through brilliantly and his left foot drive was too good at the near post for Jason Ryan in the goal. Ryan stopped his side from going two down on sixteen minutes when he saved well from a Shane Moloney shot. Cloughjordan got their first chance of note on nineteen minutes when a superb shot from Ger O’Brien was saved by Roddy Teehan in the Town goal and Craig Byrne was on hand to clear the ball off the line. the half then succumbed to the conditions as neither team could gain a foothold but in injury time the home side should have equalised when top scorer Dean O’Meara ran through on goal but his shot went wide of the target.
Cloughjordan raced out of the traps in the second half and after a succession of corners and a misplaced pass Kevin Kennedy raced down the wing he squared the ball to Paul Lake who made no mistake to equalise. The lead lasted only a minute though when Craig Phelans intricate play found John Pio Fitzpatrick and he made no mistake finding the top corner from the edge of the area. Clough nearly responded immediately when a lofted throw from O’Meara found Ger O’Brien but his goal bound header was excellently saved by Teehan. Town doubled their lead on sixty eight minutes when Martin Harty finished low past Ryan after a deft lay off from Fitzpatrick. On seventy four minutes Clough thought they were back in it when Dean O’Meara found himself through on goal and his brilliant finish was ruled offside by the referee, a very tight decision. Town ended the game as a contest on eighty four minutes when a spectacular volley from Craig Byrne found the top corner leaving Ryan with no chance. Clough did however have a late rally when the ever impressive O’Meara and Kevin Kennedy bagged a goal apiece but it was always going to be too little too late.
In a game that both sides will feel they needed to win the weather made it very difficult, Man of the Match on the night was John Pio Fitzpatrick who led the line in fine fashion creating two goals and scoring one and never seemed to run out of energy.